AMD’s first new gaming graphics card in over a year is here, and it’s more or less just an overclocked version of its best two year-old GPU from the Polaris range. But, while the AMD RX 590 might not sound particularly impressive on paper, it still represents a smart play by team Radeon in the only sector of the graphics card market it can really make a difference. With Nvidia not looking to pull a mainstream GPU out of its latest 20-series, Turing-based hat until well into next year, the GTX 1060 stands alone as the only sub-$300 GeForce GPU around. And that’s the segment of the market where the AMD vs. Nvidia debate rages hardest, with the AMD RX 580 going toe-to-toe with Nvidia’s GTX 1060. Right now the RX 580 is on top due to its modern API superiority and lower sticker price, but AMD is looking to double down on that modest advantage with a new take on its own tech. It has therefore released the Radeon RX 590. A card based on the same Polaris graphics … [Read more...] about PowerColor AMD RX 590 review: the fastest sub-$300 graphics card and a smart play by team Radeon
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Millions of virtual soldiers have fought and died in the forum wars arguing over the relative merits of AMD and Nvidia GPUs. Gamers are a passionate group, and no other piece of hardware is likely to elicit as much furor than graphics cards. But really, what are the differences between AMD and Nvidia graphics processors? Is one vendor truly better, who makes the best graphics card, and which should you buy? This is our take on the subject, which sets aside notions of brand loyalty to look at what each company truly offers.A brief historical overviewThe Complete Guide to PC GamingPC Gamer is going back to the basics with a series of guides, how-tos, and deep dives into PC gaming's core concepts. We're calling it The Complete Guide to PC Gaming, and it's all being made possible by Razer, which stepped up to support this months-long project. Thanks, Razer!A quick history of both companies is a good place to start. AMD (Advanced Micro Devices) has been around since 1969, nearly 50 … [Read more...] about Nvidia vs AMD: Which is truly better?
After decades of fierce rivalry and bitter lawsuits, you'd be forgiven for thinking it would be a cold day in hell before Intel and AMD would team-up to produce a brand new kind of product, but here we are with Hades Canyon - a unique melding of Intel processor and AMD graphics technology. The NUC8i7HVK here is the top-end configuration, and the latest in a long line of ultra small form-factor PCs from Intel, the difference here being that alongside the quad-core, octo-thread Core i7 processor we have Radeon Vega graphics - a semi-custom design AMD has provided for Chipzilla. It's a cutting-edge piece of kit, but just how powerful is it?First things first. While this is by far and away the fastest integrated graphics solution ever put out into the market, it shouldn't be compared with AMD's own Ryzen 3 2200G and Ryzen 5 2400G, each with their own integrated Vega GPU. AMD's processor is incorporated onto the chip die itself, sharing space - and memory bandwidth - with the x86 cores. … [Read more...] about Intel Hades Canyon NUC8i7HVK review: how powerful is the i7/Radeon Vega combo?
Far Cry 5 in many ways is precisely what you'd expect from the franchise—and that includes performance aspects as well. Built using the latest version of the Dunia engine, which was in turn built off CryEngine, it's not quite as taxing on hardware as a few games I've looked at during the past year. That's not to say anyone and everyone will be running at 60fps, but if you played Far Cry 4 or Far Cry Primal, you should be fine.The settings are somewhat limited, and scaling of performance is pretty narrow as well. Compared to maximum quality (the ultra preset), turning everything down to low/minimum only nets about a 50 percent boost to framerates. If you can't hit 30fps at 1080p ultra, low or medium quality might get you there, but 60fps is definitely not happening. Put another way, you'll need to average around 45fps at 1080p ultra if you want 1080p low to push you above 60fps.Beyond the graphics settings, which are somewhat limited, resolution is going to have a far greater … [Read more...] about You can run max settings on Far Cry 5 without melting your PC
After a slow start for the original Fortnite, Epic made some changes and added a free battle royale mode, turning a struggling game into an overnight sensation. There's clearly a fine line between homage and copying, but while there are many similarities to PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, Fortnite takes a decidedly sillier approach to the battle royale genre. Key to this is a willingness to experiment, with limited time game modes, holiday events, and more—not to mention plenty of aesthetic customizations that can be earned/purchased. Battle Royale mode is technically still in Early Access, but with a player base of over 20 million—and as already noted, it's free to try—we felt it was worth checking out how performance is shaping up. Given the somewhat cartoony graphics, you might expect performance to be a non-issue, but that's not entirely true. At the lowest settings, Fortnite can run on just about any PC built in the past five years. Officially, the minimum … [Read more...] about Fortnite Battle Royale performance and settings guide